10 Facts About Spruce


Spruce is a tree of the genus Picea, a genus of about 35 species of coniferous evergreen trees in the family Pinaceae, found in the northern temperate and boreal regions of the Earth.

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Spruce are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species, such as the eastern spruce budworm.

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Spruce seedlings are most susceptible immediately following germination, and remain highly susceptible through to the following spring.

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Spruce beetles have destroyed swathes of spruce forest in western North America from Alaska to Wyoming.

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Spruce is useful as a building wood, commonly referred to by several different names including North American timber, SPF and whitewood .

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Spruce wood is used for many purposes, ranging from general construction work and crates to highly specialised uses in wooden aircraft.

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Spruce is one of the most important woods for paper uses, as it has long wood fibres which bind together to make strong paper.

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Spruce can be used as a preventive measure for scurvy in an environment where meat is the only prominent food source.

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Spruce is the standard material used in soundboards for many musical instruments, including guitars, mandolins, cellos, violins, and the soundboard at the heart of a piano and the harp.

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Spruce branches are used at Aintree racecourse, Liverpool, to build several of the fences on the Grand National course.

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